What, No Payday Loan Places Available?

In the years after his failed campaign against John McCain, Richard Kimball (who looked nothing like David Janssen) would often wax about how shallow campaigns had become. His complaint always got back to the one ad that he ran where he was on a ranch somewhere feeding a carrot to a horse.

“What did feeding carrots to horses have to do with the Senate?” he’d say. If memory serves, he was not a horse guy.

With that…here is a post from Jonathan Paton’s Deputy Campaign Manager Robert Meyer:


Given the Southern Arizona portion of District 1 seems to consist chiefly of Oro Valley and Saddlebrooke, good luck finding a “rugged” work place.

(And by the way, I’m enjoying seeing the campaign of a former employee of SAHBA hunting for an unobstructed view of the mountains.)

The silly part is, Paton isn’t the guy that hangs out in machine shops. Everyone knows that. Why pretend?

Wil Cardon Keep Gaining?

When this whole open senate seat bidness got underway, I thought that Wil Cardon would, at best, make it so Jeff Flake would have to blow some money in the primary. You know, run the sort of “look at me, I’m a statesman” ads that would show him to be the grown up and even help him out in the general election.

I’m starting to change my mind about that one. I’ve noticed that the talk about the race has shifted. For example, look at Flake’s last few endorsements. Both Jon Kyl and John McCain endorsed Flake, which was touted as “unusual” in press outlets and evidence that Flake needed to shore up support. Had Flake still been the Senator-in-waiting he was presented as only a few months ago, these endorsements would have been portrayed as further evidence that the establishment saw him as a sure winner.

By the way, how many Republican primary voters that had doubts about Flake were going to switch to him because of the McCain endorsement? I don’t think the eleven of them will move polling numbers.

Now we have the Sarah Palin endorsement. In January or February, her stamp of approval would have been Palin being pragmatic and picking someone with conservative cred that could actually win a general election. Now, it’s Flake being desperate. Richard Carmona’s campaign was able to put out a press release saying that with a straight face because the press sees Flake’s numbers against Cardon slipping too.

Will Cardon be the nominee? More likely, but I’m not willing to bet on it. How much money will Flake have to spend to make sure it doesn’t happen? Carmona’s people are hoping plenty.

Senate race fun I haven’t gotten to over the last week or so:

  • Carmona’s fundraising report showed that he outraised Flake last quarter. I don’t think I would have ever expected that. Flake had more cash on hand than Carmona, but he’s got to spend money in the primary. Carmona doesn’t.
  • The Carmona folks have been touting a video where Flake addressed the Rippon Society. The video was edited to take out Flake’s comments on immigration.
  • Speaking of desperation: The-relatively-moderate-on-immigration Flake’s anti-immigration attacks on Cardon. Nuff said.
  • We now have a super PAC dedicated to attacking Flake. It’s funded by members of the Walton family as well as relatives of Wil Cardon, but is “independent” of course.
  • And finally…driving North on I-10 from Tucson you may have seen the pink “McClung for US House” billboard. It now says “Van for US Senate,” presumably for talk show host, long shot candidate and “Christian Constitutional Republican” Clair Van Steenwyk.
  • Okay, that wasn’t finally: Van Steenwyk gets extra points for the Elvis tie he’s wearing on his website.

Credit Where Credit Is Due Department

Full credit to our senator, John McCain, for refuting the racist attacks on Huma Abedin:

By the way, other condemnations of Michelle Bachmann’s remarks came from John Boehner and Ed Rollins. Although it must be noted that it was only a year ago that Rollins thought that Bachmann, who has been saying this stuff for a long time, was presidential material.

Remember that Bachmann’s letter was also signed by the appropriately named Louie Gohmert and Arizona’s Trent Franks. Will we see anyone in our state call out Franks?


I was a bit burned out from writing this weekend for all sorts of reasons, so I didn’t write anything about Rush Limbaugh’s comments and subsequent apology. So, I thought I missed my chance to write anything on the subject.

Then I read yesterday that he said that what he said was really the fault of liberals. Even if I took his advertiser induced apology seriously, that pretty much wipes out any contrition, donnit?

(By the way, “poor choice of words”? Are there better ways to question the private character of a stranger?)

This gives me the chance to point out a few things that I found wrong with his comments and the reaction to Sandra Fluke’s testimony.

First off, Limbaugh’s (and others too) objections to the compromise is that people like him are being “forced” to pay for birth control pills. What, through taxes? Well, that would be interesting because the policy deals with private insurance plans. If you want to argue from a free market perspective against mandates on industry, have at it. But convincing your followers that their hard earned tax money is going to pay for family planning is lying, pure and simple.

Second comes the monumentally objectionable notion that Fluke was demanding to have her sex life subsidized. Nope. Nope for a couple of reasons.

Her testimony dealt with a friend of hers who had a condition that was being dealt with with perscription drugs that could also be used for birth control.

In other words, she was making no claims about her own sexual habits (which would be none of Limbaugh’s business in the first place) and the friend she was arguing on behalf of wasn’t going to use the medicine for birth control.

Her friend is using a medication that was also birth control for a medical condition, that makes Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.” This sort of leap on Limbaugh’s part says more about him and his warped view of women than it does about Fluke.

And another thing: Viagra is also indicated for other medical conditions. Should “we,” since by their definition a payment by an insurance plan is paid by “we,” pay for a man’s sexual escapades? What if he’s taking it because of circulation issues? Should he prove it?

Well, we don’t ask those questions. Insurers have to pay for Viagra. You know why? John McCain and Jon Kyl voted for the bill that tells them to.

I need some help here, what makes that different?

Item: Antenori Admits He’s a Partisan Hack

This is something that made it’s way on Friday from the Yellow Sheet, to Blog for Arizona to the Weekly’s Range blog:

Still stewing over the Pearce recall, [Sen. Frank] Antenori told our reporter yesterday he’s meeting with Republican activists on Friday to plan revenge.

The full item is at the pay-only Yellow Sheet, but a commenter put the relevant part of the article over at BfA.

There is a general thrust to Antenori’s fit of pique. Here is one sentence from the Yellow Sheet that summarizes it:

Getting “turncoat” Dems to run – and run victorious campaigns – is another story, he said, adding that the grand scheme of his plan is to create pressure to reform recall laws, which he said have become the new tool of the left.

That’s right: reacalls are bad because people that disagree with Frank Antenori might use them. That’s a fine reason to get rid of a pillar of our state’s constitution.

If there were constant threats of recalls for partisan reasons, he’d have a point. Serious recalls in our state, however, are most common at the city level where most officials are non-partisan. Attempts at recalls over the last few years that came because of a partisan tantrum didn’t even get out of the gate. The near-biennial recall campaigns announced by a group of Democratic dissidents against John McCain routinely go nowhere, and the recall of Clarence Dupnik fizzled despite support from Republican blogs.

Antenori thinks that the recall process is broken because a powerful friend of his, Russell Pearce, was ejected from office because of it. He forgets that calling the powerful to account before the voters doesn’t mean the recall system is broken, it means it’s working.

McCain: Obama Can Win Arizona

John McCain assessing Barack Obama’s chances in Arizona in an appearance this weekend on CNN’s State of the Union:

I think it can be up for grabs. I think that’s true of New Mexico, Colorado, Texas even, although maybe not this time. But the demographics are clear. The demographics are clear that the Hispanic vote will play a major — be a major factor in national elections.

EXCLUSIVE! : Statement from Sean “C. F.” Murphy

Many of you, of course, remember Sean “C. F.” Murphy, whose remarkable run in Arizona’s Republican primary in 2008 left him only 265,899 votes behind winner John McCain.

Murphy, who bears an uncanny but I’m sure co-incidental resemblance to the similarly named former bass player for the River Roses and Caitlin and the Stickponies, did not have time for a full blown interview on his possible candidacy in next year’s primary, but gave R-Cubed an exclusive statement:

A tip of the eye patch to all bold souls getting ready to dive into the Project White House fray. You have your work cut out for you – the civility bar has never been lower, the crazy bar never higher. Onward and downward, Citizens!

As I said, he did not have time to answer questions about policy, his plans or what “C. F.” stands for.

Gosh, If Only…

John McCain was critical of Barack Obama’s handling of Libya. It’s as if to say, if only we were following what McCain wanted to do, just imagine where the Libyan people would be now.

Just imagine.

This from Raw Story:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) promised to help former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi obtain U.S. military hardware as one of the United States’ partners in the war on terror, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released Wednesday by anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Lovely. By the way, there is no mention in the cables that McCain or the other senators involved asked for democratic reforms in exchange.

Facts Are Inconvienient Things

Remember when John McCain toured the Wallow Fire and then blamed illegal immigrants for the damage?

Well, about that

Two Southern Arizona cousins have been charged in connection with the half-million acre Wallow Fire in May.

Caleb and David Malboeu are accused of leaving a campfire unattended while hiking, causing the wildfire that burned for weeks in Arizona’s mountains, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.